SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury Police want to lock down crime, and the city is hoping a new padlock ordinance will help.
Under the new ordinance, if officers are called to a business, home, or other establishment two times in a two year period for violent crimes, prostitution, or drug abuse, police would be able to shut them down for up to a year. Before that would happen, there would be a hearing to asses the particular situation.
Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan says they're not looking to stop business in growth in the city, just hold those businesses accountable. Duncan says "it seeks to have licensed operators, individuals who own and operate bars to step up in their responsibility and provide safe environments in their establishments."
Salisbury City Council is set to discuss the ordinance next week.
The chief also says a similar law is being looked into by Wicomico County, as well.